1. Paddy The king of Carnoustie is now the prince of Royal Birkdale. After his spectacular final-round performance at the Open Championship, what’s the over-under on the number of career majors Harrington will win? I put it at four.
2. Shark. C’mon, you didn’t really expect a 53-year-old part-time golfer on his honeymoon to win the Open, did you? The Sunday fade was inevitable, but it was sure fun to have Norman around for a while.
3. Ian Poulter. For once his game was as memorable as his pants.
4. Anthony Kim. He couldn’t buy a putt, but he still dazzled in his Open debut, leaving little doubt that he will one day own a claret jug. Not to mention a green jacket.
5. Kenny Perry. I still wish he had journeyed to England, but while the other big names were losing their swings (and minds) in the miserable conditions at Birkdale, he was relaxing in Milwaukee, rolling up even more FedEx/Ryder/ Presidents Cup points with another strong showing. He’s the best strategist this side of Bill Walsh.
1. Michelle Wie. First the jaw-dropping DQ, and now comes word that she has signed up for more self-flagellation at the Reno-Tahoe Open. Honestly, I can’t bear to watch anymore.
2. Phil Mickelson. His mystifying slump in the majors continued with another non-factor performance at Birkdale. Remember when this guy was one par away from winning three straight majors? Neither does he.
3. Ernie Els. There is no more succinct way of describing his maddening schizophrenia than his opening rounds at the Open: 80-69.
4. Korea. Shanshan “Jenny” Feng, the first exempt LPGA player from China, shot a final-round 63 at the State Farm to finish fourth, more or less kicking off China’s bid for legitimacy in women’s golf and heralding a long-term shift in the game’s balance of power. Korea better enjoy its dominance while it can.
5. Jerry Kelly. Even with the high winds, almost everyone raved about Birkdale … except for the overmatched Wisconsinite. What goes best with a cheesehead? Whine, apparently.